Revisiting “Libraries: Global reach, local touch” with Barbara J. Ford: Insights for academic and research libraries

Clara M. Chu, Barbara J. Ford, Jaya Raju


For the past three years, Barbara J. Ford has served as inaugural coeditor of this International Insights column. As she steps away from this role, it is fitting to revisit her ALA Presidential (1997–98) theme “Libraries: Global reach, local touch” and ask her to reflect, 20 years later, on what it means for academic and research libraries. In a recent conversation, Ford provided an arc of her career that was shaped by the experiences of childhood, a curiosity to learn about others and the world beyond her hometown, and a commitment to social change through librarianship.

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